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Date:      Wed, 10 Dec 2003 09:23:52 +1100 (EST)
From:      "Frederick Bowes" <fred@k1x.org>
To:        "Libby Charles-CCL044" <Charles.S.Libby@motorola.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   RE: Hard drive geometry headache (slightly off topic)
Message-ID:  <.128.250.18.41.1071008632.squirrel@www.k1x.org>
In-Reply-To: <370596D46C9BD711B61A00065BF365888A17BA@il06exm12>
References:  <370596D46C9BD711B61A00065BF365888A17BA@il06exm12>

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>>> Now I had to move it to a new computer in which the bios detects a
>>> certian geometry, but then the system wont boot. No matter what I do
 > I had the same problem back in 4.5.  I worked around the problem by
> formating the hard drive with a Win98(Oh Boy) recovery floppy then
> ...
Formatting/fdisking under windows 98 or xp cd's didnt work for me, caused
the same trouble.

I've solved the problem and repreat it here for future generations reference
(: It appears that the MBR was infact corrupt, causing fdisk to get
confused...
the following command made the hd appear blank and let it all work again:

  dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 count=2000

(Yes i lost my data but the drive now works!) Thanks for ur help (:

Fred



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